Voice-controlled robot wheelchair

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5 Responses to “Voice-controlled robot wheelchair”

  1. loganbouchard says:

    electric wheelchairs are, in most cases, horrible devices. once someone gets in one of those, they don’t get out. even if you’re old, or had some serious handicap, you need to move, your body can’t just do nothing for extended periods of time.
    and what happens if someone gets in the way? would it just run a small child over if said child was in the guided path?

  2. vamidus says:

    Promotion idea: give one to Steven Hawking.

  3. Chevan says:

    >would it just run a small child over if said child was in the guided path?
    Why would you think that?

    If they’re putting in motion sensors for indoor use, they’d have to be braindead to not also use them for collision warnings.

  4. OM says:

    …I can see the voice commands for a fire situation: “GET ME THE FUCK OUT OF HERE!” On the other hand, if they *really* wanted to have fun with this, have the chair be able to talk back.

    “I need to go up to the second floor.”

    “Hey.Lady.You.Try.Lifting.A.300.LB.Cripple.Up.The.Stairs.It.Ain’t.Easy.!”

  5. insert says:

    Reminds me of the floaty-chairs in Wall-E

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